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Week of September 25

Reading - We will continue to learn about comprehension strategies that will make us better readers.  We will infer, predict, connect, and question to think about our reading.  This week, students will also be assessed on their reading engagement.  
Writing - We will start writing about small moments.  These are stories that do not happen over a long period of time and is focused on drawing out the details. 
Math - Students will have a test on composing numbers and writing them different ways on Wednesday.  We will also learn about using reasoning to identify and number and adding or subtracting 10 or 100 mentally.  
Science - We will finish up unit on measuring matter with a test on Wednesday.  
Social Studies - We completed our class creed and will review for a citizen test on Friday.  

Spelling List - fell, still, mess, gloss, pill, fluff, boss, skill, class, bluff, moss, puff, stuff, work, know, place, year

Week of September 18

I hope to see you at Parent Orientation on Thursday from 6-7:30 in my room (302).  Individual pictures are Friday.  
Reading - We will be using what we have learned about what good readers do (think about their reading, question, sound out words) to answer questions about our reading.  We will also be learning more comprehension strategies and practicing them.  
Writing - Students will be learning about the writing process and publishing their first piece this week.  
Math - We are starting place value.  Students will learn what makes up a number and how to make numbers different ways.  
Science - We are learning how to measure matter - temperature, volume, and predict length.  
Social Studies - We are learning about creeds and pledges and why good citizens say these.  

Spelling List 1 - test, spot, end, skin, ponds, drum, plan, men, must, flat,  kept, twin, brushes, only, little, work, know

Spelling List 2 - grant, habit, stand, crept, empty, lemon, print, sixty, comic,  frost, dusty, lumpy, stunt, only, little, work, know

Spelling List

Below is the spelling lists for the week:  
List 1 - band, send, hits, frog, jug, help, desk, wind, flap, hunt, clap, next, flit, over, new, sound, take
List 2 - (for those who missed one or less on the pre test) blast, craft, stamp, blend, slept, drift, limit, logic, solid, topic, blunt, lucky, trunk, over, new, sound, take
Students will be required to write three words on the spelling test that follow the pattern of soft vowel sounds (we did a lesson on this Monday).  

Parents as Coaches Program

DPES is looking for volunteers for our Parents as Coaches program!  Parents as Coaches are weekly parent volunteers that work with small groups of students in a Kindergarten or First Grade classroom for thirty minute increments.  A language arts or math activity/game will be provided for the parent to play with the students.   We believe that our community and parents play a significant role in our students’ success.  All volunteers will need to submit and pass the district background check on the TISD webpage.  If you are interested in volunteering for the Parents as Coaches program, please contact Mrs. Hudson at  or complete the application form at


DPES está buscando voluntarios para nuestro programa “Padres como mentores”. Los padres como mentores son padres voluntarios que trabajan semanalmente por treinta minutos con grupos pequeños de estudiantes de una clase. Una actividad o juego de artes del lenguaje o matemáticas será proporcionado para que los padres trabajen con los estudiantes. Creemos que nuestra comunidad y los padres juegan un papel importante en el éxito de nuestros estudiantes. Todos los voluntarios tendrán que presentar y pasar la verificación de antecedentes penales del distrito en la página de internet de Tomball ISD. Si usted está interesado en ser voluntario para el programa “Padres como mentores”, por favor póngase en contacto con Mrs. Hudson en el correo electrónico, llene la forma o el formulario de solicitud en

Week of September 11

We had a great week last week and we are finally settling into our daily schedule.  
Sight word assessments for the beginning of the nine weeks were completed last week and a copy was sent home in Wednesday folders so you and your student knows which ones to study.  This week, we will start spelling tests.  If your student misses 0 or 1 on the Spelling pretest on Monday, he or she will be given a challenge list for the week.  Reading level assessment for the beginning of the year will be this week also, and this is a major grade.  
In Language Arts, we are learning about thinking about our reading, reading long and strong, and the best books to read.  We are also writing about things that have happened to us, will learn about how to make our story better, and how to publish it.  
In Math, we have been working on our facts to 20 using review strategies, and we will have a major grade assessment on Friday.  A study guide will be sent home Thursday for review.  
In Science, we have completed the safety unit and will begin classifying and measuring matter.  In Social Studies, we will determine what characteristics and actions makes good citizens.  

Have a little extra time? READ!

myOn is a online resource for books.  We tapped into this resource at the end of last year at Decker and the kids loved it.  They they are opening it up to everyone in light of Harvey. Click on the link and it will take you to the login information page.   If you have any questions, please let me know.   Happy reading! 

Parent Orientation - Cancelled

Parent Orientation has been cancelled.  At this time, another time has not been scheduled.  When I find out more information, I will share it with you.  

Second Grade Sight Words

These are the sight words second grade students will be tested on for a daily grade.  I will assess at the beginning of the nine weeks (now) and at the end of the nine weeks, replacing the beginning grade with the ending grade.  Students should know these fluently and some will be added to the spelling list each week.  Students can write the words on paper and cut them out to make flash cards.  

GT Testing for Students New to the District

From our GT Specialist, Angeleen French:  
The fall window for testing for Gifted and Talented services is open until September 8, 2017.  Fall testing is only for those students who started attending a TISD school at the end of the school year last year until the September 8.  A Letter for Permission to Test can be downloaded from Mrs. French’s Edlio website.  Letters turned in after September 8 will be held until the spring testing window.  For more information, contact Mrs. French at

First Day of School

We have made it through the first day of school.  I know that is was a very busy day and we only scratched the surface of what I have planned for this week. This email confirms your subscription to my webpage.  
Thanks to all parents for their support!  I am looking forward to a great year!  

Parent Orientation

Mark your calendar for Parent Orientation Thursday, August 31 at 5:00 pm.  I will be presenting information on second grade curriculum, expectations, and grading.